Bill Nye "The Science Guy" identified himself as an agnostic and revealed his expectations for the upcoming debate with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham on the topic of creationism, saying that he doesn't expect they will be able to win each other over.
"Well I don't think I'm gonna win Mr. Ham over, anymore than Mr. Ham is going to win me over," Nye said in a video interview with Huff Post Live posted on Wednesday. Nye is scheduled to debate Ham on Feb. 4 at The Creation Museum's 900-seat Legacy Hall in Petersburg, Ky.
"Instead, I want to show people that this belief (creationism) is still among us. It finds its way into school boards in the United States," Nye stated. He reminded viewers that he is a mechanical engineer and not really a scientist, but is going in as a 'reasonable man' in the debate that is set to focus on the question "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific world?" more >>
The Richard Dawkins Foundation has criticized the upcoming debate between Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham and "The Science Guy" Bill Nye, arguing that such a debate is not worth having and that it only offers credibility to creationism.
"Scientists should not debate creationists. Period," said an article on the website of the evolutionary biologist and atheist on Thursday, in reference to the Feb. 4, 2014, debate set to take place at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. "Debating creationists offers their position credibility."
The RDF article insisted that evolution is "backed by mountains of evidence, peer-reviewed papers you could stack to the moon and an incredible scientific community consensus" and added that creationism "is a debunked mythology that is based solely in faith. It has zero peer-reviewed papers to back up its claims, it has absolutely no scientific consensus and is not even considered science due to the fact it cannot be tested." more >>
An organizer of a nationwide annual anti-evolution observance has picked Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham to win in his debate against popular scientist Bill Nye.
"Cowboy" Bob Sorenson, organizer of "Question Evolution Day," told The Christian Post that Ham was the "easy victor" between the two.
"[Ham] is well read, educated and knows how science works. Bill Nye has demonstrated that he does not know the difference between operational and historical science," said Sorenson. more >>
Progressive Christians, or those who believe in evolution, are "more dangerous to Christianity than the atheists" are, says Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham. He made the argument in response to criticism that his insistence on Young Earth Creationism is driving believers away.
"Apparently they call this sort of thing 'Progressive Christianity.' I guess that means 'evolving Christianity' – whatever the secular world believes about where they came from, you accept that as infallible and then change their assumed fallible Word of God to fit! So sad," Ham wrote on Facebook Friday, as he was responding to a critical post written about him in the "Unfundamentalist Christians" blog about his upcoming debate with "The Science Guy" Bill Nye in February.
The blog, which expresses its beliefs in Jesus Christ and the Bible but rejects some traditional teachings on subjects like hell and homosexuality, argued on Thursday that young people are not dismissing the Bible because they are being taught evolution, but because people like Ham are "telling them what it (the Bible) says and means, rather than letting them seek that out for themselves." more >>
"I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey," Charles Darwin wrote in 1871, "as from a savage who . . . is haunted by the grossest superstitions." And millions of Darwin's acolytes voiced a resounding "amen."
It matters not that biologists have never observed or duplicated mutations, even in the simplest organism, to produce a whole new species. It matters not that paleontologists have never discovered transitional or mutated species in the fossil record. In today's world, Darwinian evolution is the faith that trumps all others.
That certainly is the prevailing opinion of Charles Blow. In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, "Indoctrinating Religious Warriors," Blow canonized the belief in evolution as the rule of faith for enlightened and virtuous thinkers. Citing a current Pew Research survey, Blow calls the drop in evolutionary belief, especially among white evangelical Protestants, "sad news" and "embarrassing." Such "extreme religiosity"-those who believe that "'humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time'"-is a sort of "dysfunction, "according to Blow, or a "'societal pathology,'" to quote evolutionary illustrator Gregory Paul. more >>
A recent Pew Research study found a significant increase in just the past four years in the number of Republicans who say they do not believe in evolution.
When asked whether humans and other living things have evolved over time or existed in their present form since the beginning, 48 percent of Republicans answered "existed in present form since the beginning," compared to 39 percent of Republicans who answered the same in 2009, a statistically significant and large difference.
There are a number of possible explanations as to why there has been such a large change in only four years. In a Jan. 3 blog post, Cary Funk, Pew Research Center senior researcher, took a closer look at the data and offered some intriguing possibilities. more >>